INDG2200 Advanced Indigenous Legal Studies

6 points
Not available in 2020UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit provides Indigenous students with the opportunity to consolidate and apply the teaching and learning covered through the Advanced Diploma in Indigenous Legal Studies or related undergraduate study. It enables the student to link theory to practice through research and case study analysis. The case studies focus on particular applied themes of practice or law reform such as issues affecting Indigenous people. Topics include analysing and recommending proposals for constitutional recognition, and evaluating methods of alternative dispute resolution or customary law recognition in a particular setting. It requires students to apply skills such as interpreting legislation, case analysis or the theory of 'Alternative Dispute Resolution' in seminars and to research the issue in depth and write up a report. Students are required to discuss issues, prepare oral presentations in a seminar format and write a report or essay.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate their ability to research and communicate their own ideas and arguments through case studies and practical exercises; (2) participate effectively in practical exercises in seminars; (3) present a substantial argument analysing a case study or proposal; (4) effectively research and come up with their own recommendations in a major research project; (5) engage constructively in a seminar context; (6) write up their arguments of their case study analysis; and (7) write a research essay that draws on or integrates their knowledge and skills learned in the Advanced Diploma in Indigenous Legal Studies.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a seminar presentation and contribution; (2) a report on seminar case studies; and (3) an essay based on research on applied theory to practice. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Mel Thomas
Unit rules
enrolment in the Advanced Diploma in Indigenous Legal Studies (DA002)
(LAWS1120 Australian Legal Principles and Institutions
LAWS1104 Introduction to Law)
Contact hours
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